Equestrian Aid Foundation Sets Up Emergency Fund for Darren Chiacchia

Monday, March 17, 2008

Darren has been a member of the Board of Governors of the Equestrian Aid Foundation for several years and serves on our Ambassador Committee. His great energy and ideas have been of tremendous value to us!

We have set up an emergency designated fund in his name. You can click on our secure link below or checks and well wishes can be sent to EQUESTRIAN AID FOUNDATION, c/o Janise Gray, 228 Phillips Terrace, Union, NJ 07083. Please indicate Darren's name in the memo section of your check. We will forward all well wishes to Darren and his family.

Thank you for you support. Please keep Darren and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Currently, he is in critical condition in an intensive care unit in Florida. We will post updates to our website. You may also go to Darren's website, www.eventrider.com and to the United States Eventing Association's website at www.useventing.com for updates.

03-16 - From Rhett Savoie: Heard from Kelly Temple, Darren is doing better and is conscious and able to move all four limbs. He does have a crushed chest. Things are looking better.
03-15 - Darren Chiacchia Injured at Red Hills Horse Trials
By Joanie Morris For USEF

Lexington, KY ­– Darren Chiacchia of Springville, NY and Ocala, FL suffered a serious fall today, Saturday March 15, 2008, at the Red Hills Horse Trials in Tallahassee, FL.

Chiacchia was riding Baron Verdi at the Preliminary level ­– the pair fell at the fifth cross country fence. Chiacchia was airlifted to Tallahassee Medical Center where he remains in critical condition. Baron Verdi was uninjured in the fall.

“We keep Darren and his friends and family in our thoughts and prayers,” said USEF President David O’Connor who is at the competition. The USEF will continue to convey information as it becomes available from the hospital.